Rail passengers are facing more major disruption on the railways this week as the next in a series of strikes affects services up and down the country.
Services around the country came to a halt over the weekend as more than 40,000 union members staged a 24-hour walkout over pay and conditions, and passengers are being warned to expect similar disruption later this week as several unions stage separate industrial action.
Train drivers represented by Aslef also walked out on Wednesday 5 October while around 40,000 members of the RMT will follow suit on Saturday 8 October. Action by Unite and the TSSA on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 October is also affecting some train companies in England while separate RMT action will affect services in Scotland on Monday 10 October. In total 15 train operating companies along with network operator Network Rail will be affected by strike action in the coming days.
Some operators are still finalising service plans for Saturday but, as with previous RMT strikes, half of all lines will be shut and only around 20% of services are expected to run. Here’s what we know so far about planned services for each strike day and operator.
Thursday 6 and Friday 7 October
Members of the Unite union at East Midlands Railway are staging two days of strikes on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 October. This will lead to what the operator calls a “significantly reduced service” on both days.
Trains will only run between 07:30 and 18:30 on the following routes:
- One Train Per Hour between Nottingham and London
- One Train Per Hour between Sheffield and London
- Two trains per hour between Corby and London running all day.
- One Train Per Hour between Derby and Matlock
- One Train Per Hour between Derby and Nottingham
- One Train Per hour between Sheffield and Nottingham
- One Train Per hour between Leicester and Nottingham
- A slightly reduced service will run on the Robin Hood Line, between Nottingham and Worksop, running all day.
In addition, managers and office staff represented by the TSSA will strike at GWR.
On both days an extremely limited service will operate. Services on both days will start at 07:30 and all journeys must be completed before 19:00 on Thursday and 22:30 on Friday.
GWR Trains will only run on the following routes:
- London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads (some extensions to Exeter/Plymouth)
- London Paddington to Swansea (only to Cardiff Central until midday)
- London Paddington to Oxford
- Reading to Didcot Parkway
- Didcot Parkway to Oxford
- Windsor, Marlow, Henley-on-Thames, and Greenford branch lines
- Reading to Basingstoke
- Gloucester to Bristol Temple Meads
- Cardiff Central to Plymouth (via Weston-super-Mare)
- Cardiff Central to Westbury
- Westbury to Swindon (via Melksham)
- The Night Riviera Sleeper is cancelled.
Saturday 8 October
RMT strike action will see 40,000 rail staff walkout and routes across the country affected. Network Rail and 15 operators are affected. Below is the latest route and timetable information provided by train operators:
Avanti West Coast
A significantly reduced timetable will operate and those services that do run are expected to be very busy. Services will start later and end much earlier than usual. Train travel on the day after the strike is also expected to be affected – particularly in the morning, as services will start later.
c2c will be operating a reduced service between 07:30 – 18:30 only. Saturday 8 October is further reduced from previous strike days and equates to around 15% of regular service: two trains per hour from Fenchurch Street to Shoeburyness via Rainham and Grays; no trains will run via Ockendon or Chafford Hundred
One train per hour will run in each direction on the following routes only: Between London Marylebone and Oxford Parkway; Between London Marylebone and Banbury; Between London Marylebone and Aylesbury Between Aylesbury Vale Parkway and Amersham
Services will start between 08:00 and 09:00 andend between 16:00 and 17:00.
Cross Country Trains
One train per hour in each direction on the following routes: Leicester - Birmingham New Street; Banbury-Manchester Picadilly; Tamworth-York.
East Midlands Railway
On Saturday services will operate between 07:30 and 18:30 only. You should only travel by rail if absolutely necessary. One train per hour in both directions will run on the following routes: Nottingham-London; Sheffield-London; Corby-London; Derby-Matlock; Derby-Nottingham; Sheffield-Nottingham; Leicester-Nottingham.
Great Western Railway
”Very limited” service between 07:30 and 18:30 on following routes only: London Paddington-Bristol Temple Meads; London Paddington-Cardiff Central; London Paddington-Didcot Parkway; Reading-Didcot Parkway; Windsor, Marlow, and Henley-on-Thames branch lines; Reading-Basingstoke; Cardiff Central-Bath.
Services will be heavily reduced and disrupted. Most routes will not have trains or bus replacements for them. Trains will run from 07:30 with all last trains completing their journeys by 18:30. No Greater Anglia services will run between Cambridge and London Liverpool Street or on regional/branch lines.
GTR (including, Great Northern, Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express)
Services on Great Northern, Southern and Thameslink will start later and stop in the late afternoon. Journey planners updated on Tuesday 4 October. There will be no Gatwick Express.
One train roughy every two hours between Doncasr and London King’s Cross. No other services.
There will be no LNER service to/from stations north of Newcastle. A limited service will run between London Kings Cross and Newcastle/York/Leeds.
One train per hour on the following routes: Liverpool-Earlestown-Manchester-Manchester Airport; Leeds-York; Ilkley-Leeds; Skipton-Leeds; Sheffield-Leeds via Moorthorpe; Bradford Forster Square-Leeds.
Roughly one train per hour between Manchester Oxford Road and Alderley Edge on Crewe-Wilmslow-Manchester.
Doncaster - Scunthorpe: One bus every two hours running in each direction
Castleford - Huddersfield: three trains in each direction
Trains running on the following routes: Ashford International-London St Pancras International; Dartford -London Bridge via Woolwich; Dartford-London Bridge via Bexleyheath;DartfordLondon Bridge via Sidcup;Sevenoaks/Orpington-London Bridge. Timetables vary but first trains run from 07:16, last train at 18:06.
South Western Railway
A severely reduced service will only run between 07:15 and 18:30, on routes between London Waterloo and Woking, Basingstoke and Hounslow.
Services will run between 07:30 and 18:30, trains will run on the following routes only:
- Edinburgh – Glasgow via Falkirk High - 2 trains per hour
- Edinburgh – Helensburgh - 2 trains per hour
- Glasgow – Hamilton / Larkhall - 2 trains per hour
- Glasgow – Lanark - 2 trains per hour
- Edinburgh – Glasgow via Shotts - 1 train per hour
- Edinburgh – Cowdenbeath - 2 trains per hour
- Edinburgh – Tweedbank - 2 trains per hour
- Edinburgh - Larbert - 1 train per hour
- Glasgow Queen Street – Larbert - 1 train per hour
- Glasgow Queen Street – Falkirk Grahamston - 1 train per hour
- Milngavie – Springburn - 2 trains per hour
One train per hour on York-Manchester Piccadilly.
One train every two hours Preston-Manchester Airport.
Four trains in each direction Cleethorpes-Sheffield.
West Midlands Trains
Limited services running between 7.30am and 6.30pm only on the following routes:
Cross City line (between Lichfield - Birmingham - Bromsgrove / Redditch); Birmingham New Street-Wolverhampton; Birmingham New Street-Crewe; Birmingham New Street-Birmingham International; Coventry-Northampton; Northampton-London Euston.
Monday 10 October
RMT members working for ScotRail are set to strike on Monday 10 October after the latest pay offer was rejected.
Services will run between approximately 07:00 and 19:00 on the following routes: Milngavie-Edinburgh (half hourly service); Glasgow Central-Lanark (hourly service); Glasgow Central-Larkhall (hourly service).